Margaret was born in Spencer Brook Township on the family farm in 1925 to Herman and Olive (Hall) Stanius. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, loved unconditionally, and was a great source of strength and laughter to everyone. She will be missed beyond words.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald T. Nelson; infant son, Jon Ross Nelson; brothers: Laverne Stanius and Dwaine Stanius; sisters: Joyce Willemsen and Norma Swanson.
She is survived by daughters: Janice (Steve) Kreisler of Iowa and Joan (Robert) Norris of St. Paul; sons, Jeff (Joni) Nelson of Isanti and John Nelson of Blaine; grandchildren: Jason Jernell, Nicole Miller, Jacob Jernell, Jenelle Norris, Sarah Huebner and Kayla Huebner; great-grandchildren; Imani Mansfield, Taylor Jernell, Essence Harrison, and Jaila Jernell; brother: Dennis (Sharon) Stanius of Cambridge; sisters: Maxine (Howard) Johnston of Boise, Idaho, Jean (Kenneth) Englund of Isanti, Betty Lambert of Barron, Wis., and JoAnn Grams of Zimmerman; brother-in-law, Bill Swanson of Fairfax, Va.; many nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Long Lake Lutheran Church with visitation one hour prior to the service. A private internment will be at Ft. Snelling. Memorials are preferred. Services are with the Cremation Society of Minnesota.